Hazmat team responds to ‘chemical suicide’ case in Washington state

| October 4, 2011

SEATTLE — A hazardous-materials team and bomb squad were called Sunday morning to the parking lot of a church in the East Bremerton, Wash., area, where a man's body was found in a pickup along with a sign on the driver's window warning people to steer clear of the vehicle because of a deadly gas.

Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Wilson said the case is a suicide, apparently similar to others across the nation in which common chemicals are used to create a colorless gas that is toxic to suicide victims but also potentially harmful to police officers, medics and others who get close.

In this case, Wilson said, the hazmat team from nearby Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor took measurements and determined that the level of gas was not high enough to cause an explosion.

Wilson said the victim was a 28-year-old man who lived in the area. His name has not been released publicly, though Wilson said his family has been notified of his death.

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